ABOriginalKnapping's Shop Policies
All items are hand made by myself and are modern replicas of artifacts. I utilize the same percussion and pressure flaking methods used by aboriginal people without the aid of lapidary equipment. While some pieces are made to duplicate a specific style of point, others are allowed to take their own form and become the unique type of point the rock wants to be!
I accept PayPal or credit cards, due at the time of ordering.
All items will be shipped via USPS First Class, within two business days of payment. Minimum standard packaging for arrowheads is 3 layers of cardboard inside an envelope with the arrowhead nested inside the middle layer for protection. Larger products such as spear heads and knives may have alternate packaging. Premium packaging, insurance, confirmations etc., may be requested via convo at cost prior to placing the order.
International orders may not have tracking available after your package leaves the U.S. and you will be responsible for any import fees and compliance with import/export regulations.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not happy with a purchase, I will refund the purchase price. Just return the product to me, postage paid in new condition within 14 days of purchase date. Please communicate with me throughout the process so we know what to expect from each other.
Additional Policies and FAQs
Knapping 101 - There are several styles of flint knapping.
This refers to lapidary equipment that is used to process the rock prior to knapping. Diamond saws are used to cut uniform slabs of rock which can be cut to the rough contour of the point using either tile cutters or a trim saw. Percussion and/or pressure flaking is then used to shape the rock and provide the charisteristic flake scar patterns. If the point is well made, it will have a lenticular cross section. You will see some blades with flat faces that identify the piece as being made with lapidary equipment.
Flake Over Grind:
This process takes the sawed slab from lap knapping and uses power grinders to provide the lenticular shape to the cross section of the blade. The last step is to remove a series of flakes to provide the desired flake scar pattern. This process provides a beautiful product without utilizing percussion flaking to reduce the rock to the desired thickness. Both the above methods utilize more of the rock and produce more points per pound of raw material than using percussion.
Percussion & Pressure Knapping:
This is my preferred method. A rock is spalled with percussion and is reduced in thickness and shaped without the use of power tools. Percussion hand tools are used to remove one flake at a time until the rock has the desired thickness and shape. Then Pressure flaking hand tools are used to finish and sharpen the blade giving it a more uniform appearance. The blade may have more irregularities than machined slabs depending on the knappers skill level.
Percussion and pressure flaking hand tools may be hammer stones and antler, (aboriginal style) or copper hand tools (modern style). Unless otherwise specified, all of my points are made with percussion and pressure flaking and no power tools.
Last Updated August 29, 2014